Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Unicorn LMS 6.5 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.5 includes further enhancements to our Sliding Banners and CPD.

Tailored Sliding Banners 
You can now tailor messages to different audiences on your home page. Create custom sliding banners and target specific groups of users.




How does it work?
Sliding Banner options are located within 'Site Settings'. Navigate to the second tab labelled 'Sliding Banner' and then click the padlock icon next to each banner to control who can see it. You can now disable individual banners whilst you are creating them too with the on/off button.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to Super Administrator users with access to 'Site Settings'.


CPD Enhancements
We have added the following features for CPD:

You can now treat Offline Activities as "Shared CPD" records enabling users to enter CPD details such as development need and reflective statement at the time of self-registering.

We have added optional CPD scheme functionality to enable users to submit their CPD creating a read-only snapshot for the year. This snapshot can be emailed as a PDF to the user and predefined email accounts.



How does it work?
This functionality is configured as part of a CPD scheme.

How do I get it?
The offline activity functionality is immediately available to users and administrators.

CPD scheme configuration is currently something undertaken by Unicorn. If you can benefit from this functionality please discuss with your Unicorn relationship manager.


When will I get 6.5?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.5 automatically over the next 4 weeks.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.4 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.4 includes some great enhancements to our eCommerce and CPD systems and a new organisation logo feature.

eCommerce Additions
We now have integrated refund capability for WorldPay Select Junior Credit Card payments and GoCardless Direct Debit payments.

We have also added a new integration for the WorldPay Online Payment API.

Activities pending payment can be used as criteria for registration rules

Discount vouchers can now limit the number of times vouchers can be used and to set a limit on how much money can be discounted by a single voucher across multiple payments.

Event programmes now support payments in addition to individual events.



How does it work?
These enhancements are easy to get to grips with by simply making use of them from within the finance system within the LMS.

With the pending payment status being usable as criteria for registration rules, this means you can automatically assign users into other activities whilst waiting for payments to clear.


How do I get it?
These are automatically available to clients who have eCommerce enabled on their platform. If you want to benefit from eCommerce in your LMS, your Relationship Manager will be happy to discuss this with you.


CPD Enhancements
Users can see more clearly which activities have attachments when reviewing their CPD Log. It is now possible for users to add their own attachments as supporting evidence for other activities such as events and offline activities.

We've added a number of additional configurable CPD scheme options to provide greater control over CPD fields, limit to only system activities and have greater control how CPD is submitted.

We've added a new optional CPD Log layout to show scheme target, category requirements and amount outstanding.

Finally we've enabled visibility of CPD Syncing within the CPD log for users who have this enabled.




How does it work?
There is now an attachment icon in the CPD log to display which activities have user attachments. When clicking any completed activity there is also now the option to add attachments.

The additional CPD scheme options and layout are in the CPD settings area that we currently manage.

The CPD syncing settings display in the CPD log below the categories.

How do I get it?
The files attachments will be automatically available to any CPD users that can already upload attachments.

The CPD scheme configuration options are available on request.

The CPD syncing area will automatically appear in the CPD log for sites that have it enabled.


Organisation Logo
Super Administrators can now add a company logo for organisations on their LMS.





How does it work?
Go to 'Organisation and Users’ and select an organisation. When selected, navigate to ‘Settings & Configuration’ displayed in the side navigational menu. Proceed to the section labelled ‘Organisation Logo’. Simply upload the image and it will immediately be displayed next to the main site logo. To discard the logo, click 'delete’ and the logo will be removed immediately.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Super Administrators with access to ‘Organisation and Users’ settings.

When will I get 6.4?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.4 automatically over the next 4 weeks.


Friday, 31 March 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.3 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.3 includes a number of great new features and enhancements.

Diagnostic Self-Assessments
Learners can now use the diagnostic assessment functionality to assess themselves.

As a learner you can create self-assess assessments with both Stand-alone Assessments and regular Diagnostic Assessments as part of a pathway to test knowledge. Additionally, knowledge can be self-assessed after the learning with learner created Pathway Assessments.



How does it work?
Diagnostic Assessments can be created simply by adding items to your basket within Find Learning and then selecting ‘Add a Diagnostic Assessment’ or ‘Add a Pathway Assessment’. You can set your own pass-mark and how many questions you would like.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users.


eCommerce Activity Expiry
Activities requiring payment can now be set to automatically expire after a set period such as after 12 months.

Once the activity has reached its expiry date, the user will be prompted to buy again to continue to access it. This feature applies to on demand activities such as eLearning, video and assessments and excludes events, webinars and offline activities.

How does it work?
Go to ‘Finance’ under ‘System Settings’ in the menu. Navigate to the ‘Settings’ tab, and choose the duration of months for paid registration on activities. This will automatically apply to all paid for activities moving forward.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to ‘Super Administrators’ who will have access to ‘System Settings’ when eCommerce is enabled.


Automatic Due Dates based on Assignment Date
Registration rules that set due dates can now base them on when an activity progress is reset as well as first registered, such as for annual training requirements. For example, the due date can be set to be 8 weeks after assignment - which may be at different times for different users depending on the rule settings.




How does it work?
When in an activity Common Tasks, click Add Users. Select ‘Registration Rule’, and proceed through the options to ‘Step 3’. Within ‘Step 3’ select ‘Due Date’ and then choose option ‘Specify a date when the activity is assigned’.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to all administrators and managers that can register users onto learning.


New Event Portlet
We’ve added a brand new events portlet displaying a list of available events. View upcoming events details and information, register to events from the portlet all within a new sleek design.



How does it work?
This is a new portlet that appears on your home page when configured. It shows a month by month view of events, how many spaces are available and links to register.

How do I get it?
Super Administrators can add the portlet by going to ‘Organisation and Users’ in the menu and select a top level organisation unit within an organisation. When selected, navigate to ‘Portlets’ displayed in the side menu. Click ‘Add Portlet’, then select ‘Events’ to add and configure it.


Custom Fields for Activities
You can now define custom fields to store additional information about activities. This can include information for version control, venue details for managing events and anything else you may want to report on alongside normal activity details.




How does it work?
Super Administrators can define the fields within the 'Site Settings' area under the Activity Custom Fields option from the menu on the left. Administrators can set the data via the additional information tab of activity within 'Content Manager'. These fields can also be selected within activity reports.

How do I get it?
The ability to manage and this feature is available to Super Administrators users who will have access to ‘Site Settings’. Content administrators are able to see and use the custom fields.


Sliding Banner Enhancement
Have more creative freedom within the sliding banners you create for your homepage with a new rich text editor. Specify the colour, font size, font family for your text content you would like to display on your banner design.




How does it work?
Sliding Banner options are located within ‘Site Settings’. Navigate to the second tab labelled ‘Sliding Banner’ and then add a banner to show/use the new text editor configuration options.

How do I get it?
The ability to manage this feature is available to Super Administrators users who will have access to ‘Site Settings’.


When will I get 6.3?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.3 automatically over the next 4 weeks.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.2 Release Notes

6.2 includes a number of great new features and enhancements.

We now support Wistia videos
Wistia videos can now be added to pathways and training plans with full tracking of time, bookmarking and the ability to automatically award CPD on completion. Wistia is a widely renowned cloud video hosting solution. Access your own Wistia content through Unicorn LMS and share your content with your learners.



How does it work?
In the Content Manager choose the option to ‘Upload Video/Audio’ content via the ‘Create’ action. Then select the option to upload a Link. You will then have the option to paste the Wistia video link of your choice. You will immediately be presented with a preview of the Wistia video which you can interact with before saving/creating your new activity.

When the content is saved and created, you may also update and replace the Wistia link with a new one. This activity can be added to pathways, published to catalogues or simply registered to users’ training plans.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users that have access to Content Manager.


Enhanced User Archiving
Users will now be automatically cancelled from future events/webinars and pending approval/payment for activities when an archiving action takes place. You can also report on the archive status i.e. ‘when a user was archived’ and ‘who archived them’.



How does it work?
Archiving a user account can be achieved through the new ‘Archive / Restore’ common task via a user's profile (Common tasks/ Details tab). Interacting with the action will take you through a new step-by-step wizard.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all administrators that have the ability to archive users.


Multiple Attachments for Offline Activities
Offline Activities is a common and useful feature for creating shared external CPD activities. This feature has now been extended to enable multiple attachments to be uploaded to the Offline Activity.



How does it work?
In the Content Manager choose the option ‘New Offline Activity’ via the ‘Create’ menu. Within the new created ‘Offline Activity’ go the ‘Details’ tab, and use the options ‘Link to Content’. Simply select the option ‘Attachments’ and then proceed to select the files from your computer you would like to attach to the activity.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users that can create an Offline Activity.


Diagnostic Assessment Enhancement
The number of diagnostic questions can now be for items in the basket or individual activities contained within them. For example, if you add a pathway you can now ask 5 questions from all the activities within the pathway as a whole or ask 5 questions for each individual activity in the pathway.



How does it work?
Diagnostic assessments are created by adding items from the catalogue to the basket within Find Learning. When going through the configuration options via ‘Add a Diagnostic Assessment’, under the section ‘Number of questions’ you can choose whether the questions are based on the ‘Items’ in the basket or the ‘Individual Activity’.

The total amount of questions based on the options selected within the assessment are previewed beneath the configuration options.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users who can create Diagnostic Assessments


When will I get 6.2?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.2 automatically over the next 4 weeks.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.1 Release Notes

6.1 includes a number of great new features and enhancements.

Upload YouTube Video for Activities
YouTube videos can now be added to pathways and training plans with full tracking of time, bookmarking and the ability to automatically award CPD on completion. YouTube is a huge source of great content and this enables you and your learners to benefit from the vast library for free with all of the benefits of being delivered in an LMS.



How does it work?
In the Content Manager choose the option to ‘Upload Video/Audio’ content via the ‘Create’ action. Then select the option to upload a Link. You will then have the option to paste the YouTube video link of your choice. You will immediately be presented with a preview of the YouTube video which you can interact with before saving/creating your new activity.

When the content is saved and created, you may also update and replace the YouTube link with a new one. This activity can be added to pathways, published to catalogues or simply registered to users’ training plans.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users that have access to Content Manager.


Registration Rules Enhancements
Registration Rules is a key way for automatically driving who needs to complete activities based on a range of different requirements. You can now edit previously run Registration Rules and enable automatic registration of previously cancelled users.



How does it work?
On the final step of the Registration Rules wizard you can now select ‘Register previously cancelled users’.

You can now edit a previously run rule in the ‘Registration Rules History’ at the bottom of the users tab when editing an activity. You can ‘Reschedule’ a single use rule and ‘Edit’ a reoccurring rule.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to everyone able to register users onto an appropriate activity.


Diagnostic Assessment New Features
You can now create a standalone Diagnostic Assessment to assess knowledge without registering onto the activities being assessed. Individuals can also now assess themselves using the Diagnostic Assessment feature.

Pathway Assessments now have the ability to ask only questions for remaining failed sections on subsequent assessment retakes.



How does it work?
Diagnostic assessments are created by adding items from the Find Learning to the basket. Now after you add a Diagnostic Assessment to the basket you have the option to choose whether it should be a “Standalone Assessment”.  Diagnostic Assessments only allow a single attempt and no retakes.

When adding a Pathway Assessment you can now select “Retake Assessments only on failed activities” if you allow more than one retake.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users that have access to activities containing questions for Diagnostic Assessments.


Activity Ratings Featured on Pathways
Pathways now show an aggregate feedback rating summarising the activities inside it.



How does it work?
Users registered onto a pathway activity can rate the individual activities within it as they are completed. All ratings assigned to the various activities in the Pathway will collate together to produce an aggregate total rating. This aggregate rating is assigned to the Pathway, therefore creating a Pathway Rating. Ratings for the Pathway may be viewed via ‘Find Learning’ and ‘Content Manager’ areas.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users that have the ability to rate/view ratings for activities. For more in depth information about Activity ratings, view our Help Guide.


Enhanced Find Learning
We’ve improved the navigation around the Find Learning and Content manager to fully support the browser back button – when navigating away to other pages.  This also makes it easier to link directly into sections of the Find Learning libraries.



How does it work?
Now whenever you press the back button in your web browser to go back to the Find Learning or Content Manager you will go back to exactly where you left off.

You can also now copy the link from the Browser address bar from anywhere within the Find Learning area to include in emails or wiki pages to enable users to link directly to the section you want them to.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users.


Form Workflow Enhancements
Improved user experience when reviewing forms and viewing objectives within a workflow.



How does it work?                
When reading content and viewing objectives within a form workflow, you will no longer be prompted to save the form when no actual changes have been made – even if you click into the text boxes or objectives.

The prompt to ‘Save’ the form, will now only occur when you’ve made an actual change to the contents of a form.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users with access to forms.



When will I get 6.1?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.1 automatically over the next 4 weeks.